#SoulfulSaturday - Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers with the song that gave birth to the DC "Go-Go" sound - providing a Caribbean/Funk backbeat with a call & response style that influenced the best hip hop from the late 70's through the 90's. This isn't a live video of the band, but rather my Saturday dance class when I was in High School. These are the people that taught me all my moves. https://youtu.be/X64V3csrTiE
John Cross the original lead singer and bass player, decided to reform Strawberry Fayre to bring back the fabulous sounds of that era. The band now consists of four experienced musicians and, with three of them singing lead vocals and four part harmonies featuring throughout their performance, this leads to an excellent night of entertainment.
Mike Pender of The Searchers Sept. 17-20, 3 & 8pm Known for his affiliation with the 1960s Rock group, The Searchers, Mike Pender’s musical success follows him to The Big E. The Searchers scored 3 #1 hits and were voted second in 1964 behind the Beatles.
Strawberry Fayre Band - successful band from the early 70’s to the mid 80’s, touring Europe and supporting bands such as Sweet, Lindisfarne, The Fortunes and The Searchers. John Cross the original lead singer and bass player, decided to reform Strawberry Fayre to bring back the fabulous sounds of that era. The band now consists of four experienced musicians. With three of them singing lead...
Originally founded as a skiffle group in Liverpool in 1959 by John McNally and Mike Pender (Michael John Prendergast), the band took their name from the classic 1956 John Wayne western The Searchers. Prendergast claims that the name was his idea, but McNally ascribes it to ‘Big Ron’ Woodbridge, their first lead singer. The arguments still rage.
The Searchers are an English beat group, which emerged as part of the 1960s Merseybeat scene. The band's hits include a remake of the Drifters' 1961 hit, "Sweets for My Sweet"; remakes of Jackie DeShannon's "Needles and Pins" and "When You Walk In The Room"; . They were the second group from Liverpool, after the Beatles, to have a hit in the United States when "Needles and Pins" charted during the first week of March 1964.